2nd LNG Tanker with Russian Gas Coming to Boston?!

Gaseyls tanker (now docked in Boston Harbor)

A shipment of arguably illegal Russian natural gas (LNG) arrived in Boston Harbor on Sunday and will soon be offloaded, according to Russian news service Sputnik International. The U.S. slapped the Russian Yamal LNG plant, located in the Arctic, with sanctions following Russia’s moves against the Ukraine several years ago. Those sanctions make it illegal to receive gas produced from that plant. So shippers “whitewashed” the gas by unloading it in the UK, and a few days later, reloading it on a different ship–the Gaselys. The Gaselys is now docked and undergoing inspection and will then offload the gas for use in New England. It is an outrage that for a couple of reasons: (1) because New England is blocking pipelines from the Marcellus that would carry domestically produced gas that is cheaper, and (2) the Jones Act prevents our ships from the Gulf Coast and other locations from carting our own LNG to Boston. So, using a slight-of-hand to hide the origin of the gas, illegal Russian gas has now arrived and will be used in New England to heat homes–while they watch the Superbowl. Plenty of irony, wouldn’t you say? But the outrage doesn’t end there. A second shipment of Russian gas is rumored to be on its way to Boston. HELLO–IS ANYBODY AWAKE IN D.C.? How can this continue? Here’s an update on the first shipment now arrived, and a second shipment that quite possibly is now on its way…

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